Fellowships & Grants: January 7, 2014

The China/Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies has funds for about twenty small grants to award to members. This money comes from generous funding by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, as well as from independent donations from AAS members that are just now in the process of being solicited (we are hoping we can garner as much in donations as we did last year to enable this number of awards). Qualified individuals can apply for small grants up to $2,000 in a number of categories including: research travel, curriculum development, specialist or regional newsletters, conference and seminar organization, collaborative projects, etc.  Travel to conferences and book subventions are explicitly excluded, unfortunately. Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars whose research concerns China, Taiwan or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. Applicants must be AAS members, but there are no citizenship requirements. Junior and independent scholars, adjunct faculty, and dissertation-level graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must not have received a CIAC Small Grant within the past three years. The grant deadline for receiving applications in the AAS Ann Arbor office is Monday, February 3, 2014.   Award notification will be made by the end of April and submitted projects must begin after May 1, 2014 and be completed by April 30, 2015 to be considered. Please see the AAS website for further details and application forms: http://www.asian-studies.org/grants/main.htm#CIAC.

The East-West Center is now accepting applications from scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing on issues of key relevance to the US-Japan partnership, including diplomatic, politico-security, economic, social and international fields. We especially welcome applicants specializing on Japan’s economy or US-Japan collaborative economic ties. Funded by the Center for Global Partnership (CGP) at the Japan Foundation, the fellowship finances a three-month OR six-month residence at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C.(http://www.eastwestcenter.org/washington). While in residence, the fellows will complete articles or a monograph to be considered for publication, such as the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Bulletin http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/search-for-publications/browse-all-series/?class_call=view&seriesid=339&mode=view) series, the Asia Pacific Issues (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/search-for-publications/browse-all-series/?class_call=view&seriesid=2&mode=view) series, or the Policy Studies (http://www.eastwestcenter.org/node/22057) series. The first full draft of longer publications should be completed before the end of the residency period. Fellows must also give a seminar on their topic. The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of US$2,500 to $4,500 (dependent upon experience) while in residence at EWC in Washington, round trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C., and a ten-day research trip to Japan. Residency at the Center's Washington, D.C., office may begin as early as May 2014 and extend until January 2015. Applicants must have a minimum of a M.A. degree in a relevant field. Applicants without a Ph.D. will be considered based on their relevant professional experience (though a minimum of an M.A. is required, academic degrees will be one but not the only selection criteria). Applicants must be of either American or Japanese citizenship and based in the United States. Under exceptional circumstances, non-American or non-Japanese nationals with permanent residency in the United States and who specialize on Japan will be considered. Finally, under rare circumstances, American or Japanese citizens residing in Japan may be considered for a fellowship. The length of tenure granted under the program would be either three OR six months; exceptions for tenures of other lengths will be considered only on a compelling basis and would need approval of the Selection Committee. Successful applications will include a full CV, two letters of reference, and a policy-relevant research proposal of ten pages (double spaced). The proposal should discuss the policy problem or issue to be examined, tentative hypothesis and arguments, a review and short bibliography of the relevant literature, plans for fieldwork (if any), and project time frame. Research proposals will be judged on 1) the basis of the proposed topic’s relevance to the overall US-Japan partnership in the diplomatic, security, economic, social and international fields, and 2) the benefit to the fellow and project of residence and work in Washington, D.C., and opportunity to do fieldwork in Japan, to facilitate interaction with policy-makers and the policy-influencing community. All materials must be received by February 1, 2014. Apply Now using the SECURE online application form (https://secure.jotformpro.com/ewc/fellowship).

The School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at The University of Sheffield would like to invite applications for postgraduate scholarships for 2014/15 entry starting from 1 October 2014. SEAS offers single country supervision on China, Japan and Korea as well as transnational processes and linkages. Applications covering both social science and humanities topics are welcome. Please see our webpage for details: http://www.shef.ac.uk/seas/researchdegrees/furtherinfo. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 3 February 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. To enquire whether your research topic fits our areas of study please send your CV and proposal to Katherine Gallagher at k.gallagher@sheffield.ac.uk